RSCVA Names New President-CEO

The convention and visitors authority ended its long search for a top official with the hiring of a Detroit convention executive.

Chris Baum, New President/CEO, Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority

RENO, NV - The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority ended its long search for its top official Friday.

The authority's board interviewed and voted to offer the president/CEO's post to Chris Baum, presently the Senior Vice President of the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Authority.

The vote to offer the job to Baum was unanimous, though Sparks City Councilman Mike Carrigan objected to the pay package.

The job pays $225,000 a year plus benefits and potential bonuses.

Baum will report for work after the new year. He says the biggest challenge the Reno Tahoe area faces is simply getting the word out.

"It's not making the product look like it's saleable or convincing people that it is something they want," he says. "I know people want what we have. They just need to know how much it cost, how do they get there and what else is there?"

The top post at the RSCVA has been open since Ellen Oppenheim's resignation last February. The board offered the job to a Utah tourism official in July only to see him withdraw for family reasons.

This search ended with two finalists. The other withdrew when they learned the selection process would be public.

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